The Weekend Shortlist March 5 to 7
Friday March 5
With an awesomely distinctive voice, Emily Jane White makes a spooky good blend of folk dusted with blues in a gothic way. San Loco may not serve the greatest Mexican food ever, but it certainly isn’t bad. The prices are inexpensive, you can get a heaping amount of nachos for as little as $3.75, and telling by the heavy traffic, the place is doing just fine. What I like about Max Fish is that it’s a local bar for local artists, who’s walls host monthly art exhibitions, there’s a pool table in the back, and drinks aren’t pricey, like many new bars springing up in this neighborhood. For one of the best cupcakes in the city, Sugar Sweet Sunshine has 10 varieties, on top of cakes. Try the Sexy Red Velvet or the Bob, a yellow cupcake with chocolate almond buttercream.
Friday March 5
The terraNOVA Collective presents Subterranean, a monthly variety show celebrating music, spoken word, burlesque, magic, storytelling, short play readings, and vaudeville acts. This one features Micia Mosely (Nursha Project) hosting with performances by spoken word artist Roger Bonair-Agard (MASQUERADE: calypso and home), comedian Carolyn Castiglia (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, Brown Ambition) and performance artist Red Summer (Two Fingers Press, Nursha Project). For food with southern flair in Union Square, Chat ‘N’ Chew makes some kickass fried chicken, pork-chops, and meatloaf. In the running for oldest bar in NYC, Pete’s Tavern has been around since 1864 and was made famous by author O. Henry who wrote “Gift of the Magi,” in one of its booths. One good thing about the Union Square location of Whole Foods is that it’s not only a reprieve from this tourist heavy area, but with it’s huge windows, you can sit, get healthy organic food and drink, and watch the insanity like it’s a movie.
Saturday March 6
A DJ who’s a maestro of sound in his own right, RJD2’s new album The Colossus is completely inventive, grabbing from all over the musical spectrum while still his own. Also on the bill are Break Science and Happy Chichester. With one of the best burgers in Williamsburg, Dumont Burger offers theirs with gourmet toppings, sandwiches, salads, and their amazing mac & cheese. So you consider yourself a beer connoisseur and like to party. You can do all that and eat at Radegast Hall & Biergarten. The Austrian/German menu perfectly compliments the 12 beers on tap and more than 30 German and Austrian bottles at this large beer hall. One of the oldest and best hipster hangout coffee shops, The Verb Cafe offers up excellent coffee and baked goods, a boho vibe, and big windows to watch the days pass while collecting unemployment!
Saturday March 6
If you like your Afrobeat down and dirty then Ikebe Shakedown, a Brooklyn-based collective of musicians will get you off your ass and on the dancefloor. Get some of the best egg omelets in Williamsburg at Egg like the Eggs Rothko ($8.50) with an easy-cooked egg in a slice of Amy’s brioche and topped with Grafton cheddar. Plus they have a dinner menu with the likes of fried chicken! If you’re looking to dance afterwards, Savalas has both great DJs and drink specials on top of delivering on the fun factor. Fabiane’s Café & Pastry Shop is a great little cafe in the heart of Williamsburg that’s great for not too late night people watching. Try one of their fantastic desserts or sip coffee and stare at the passing hipsters.
Sunday March 7
As part of BAM’s three-year Bridge Project, where British and American actors join forces to perform together in some of Shakespeare’s greatest works, Sam Mendes directs The Tempest, starring Michelle Beck, Christian Camargo, Stephen Dillane, Ron Cephas Jones, Juliet Rylance, and Thomas Sadoski. Known more for its cheesecake than anything else on its menu, Junior’s also offers fantastic diner and deli style eats from steak burgers to deli sandwiches. If you can make it through dinner, the cheesecake will be worth the wait! One of Brooklyn’s most interesting dive bars, O’Connor’s offers cheap drinks in a place where Park Slope hipsters meet old-time drinkers, making for one of the oddest pairings that works. An excellent place to get schnitzel and goulash and other Austrian delights, Thomas Beisl is right across the street from BAM.